PEGASUS (KB-24-003-006, KB-14-003-047)

Project: EZproject

Project Details


PEGASUS aims at developing innovative approaches and new ways of thinking about the way farmland and forests are managed in order to stimulate a long-lasting improvement in the provision of public goods and ecosystem services from agricultural and forest land in the EU. It will identify how, where and when cost-effective mechanisms and tools for policy, business and practice can most effectively be applied, increasing the sustainability of primary production.

EUs agricultural and forestry land provides a wide range of public ecosystem services on which society depends, yet land use decisions and society often under-value these. Recognising these services and making them visible in decision making (at different spatial levels: enterprise regional-country-EU) will contribute to a sustainable delivery of services. Therefore innovative and practical ways of making public ecosystem services concepts accessible and operational are necessary.

The provision, appreciation and demand for public ecosystem services from agriculture and forestry is context-dependent and varies spatially, depending on a range of factors, including the nature and management of the farming or forestry systems, the biogeographic conditions and the social, economic and institutional context.

In order to improve our understanding of the nature of public ecosystem services from farming and forestry we need to enhance the knowledge base about:

  • the way land management influences the provision of public ecosystem services;
  • the context dependency regarding synergies and trade-offs between primary production and public ecosystem services,  as well as the demand for different public ecosystem services;
  • the spatial and temporal dependencies of provision and demand, synergies, trade-offs of public ecosystem services.
Effective start/end date1/01/1531/12/18